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Hispanic birth rate booms in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Hispanic birth rate in Tennessee is far outpacing the national rate.

State Department of Health figures show that the number of Hispanic babies born in Tennessee jumped from 444 in 1990 to 7,885 in 2006.

Demographers say the increase is due to the growing number of Hispanics moving to the state.

Tennessee experienced the fourth-highest Hispanic growth rate in the country, 55.5 percent from 2000 to 2006.

Still, the percentage of Hispanics living in Tennessee is much smaller than the national average. About 3.2 percent of people who live in the state are Hispanic, compared with 14.8 percent nationwide.

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